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Are Some Hospitals Endangering Patients by Ignoring "Super Bugs"?


Experts have long warned about the possible development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria and those fears appear to be coming true. According to a new investigative report from USA Today, American hospitals might not be doing enough to innovate new ways to slow the spread of these so-called "super bugs" in New York City and the rest of the country.

Since even the strongest antibiotic medications are useless against these infections and no new advances are on the horizon, it may be up to medical professionals to prevent the bug from infecting new victims. However, despite the growing awareness of this problem, many doctors, nurses and aides still do not have plans in place to recognize and respond to super bug symptoms. This needlessly endangers other vulnerable patients and could even reflect medical negligence



Hospital Safety Ratings, Now Brought To You By Consumer Reports

 When thinking about buying a new car, you can turn to Consumer Reports when you're evaluating the safety features of a given model. If that is the case with a major purchase, shouldn't you have similar options when making a major medical decision?

The good news is that now you basically can. For the first time, Consumer Reports has rated hospitals for safety. Now when you're looking to select healthcare providers or undergo a surgical procedure you can evaluate the safety records of the hospitals you are considering going to. Thanks to data provided by government agencies, independent organizations, medical literature, personal interviews with patients and medical staff and safety experts, you can review the standardized safety ratings to make more educated decisions before you put your life in the hands of a doctor.

The statistics of putting your life - literally - in the hands of your doctor are not very comforting.

C Diff: The Preventable, Yet Persistent Problem With Infections

 Clostridium difficile, or C diff, is a bacterial infection often linked to medical care facilities. C diff primarily causes chronic diarrhea in affected patients and can even lead to death; the bacterial infection is associated with some 14,000 deaths each year. And in most cases it is entirely preventable.

That is to say that almost 14,000 people die each year from an infection that most likely would not be spread if all hospital employees and medical staff properly washed their hands and followed basic routine measures.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of C diff infections are currently at an all-time high among U.S. hospitals - occurring in both inpatient and outpatient care.

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